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Swapping eggs, white bread for oatmeal linked to lower stroke risk

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Researchers examined dietary data on about 55,000 adults in Denmark who were 56 years old, on average, with no history of stroke. At the start, each week, participants consumed an average of 2.1 servings of eggs, 3 servings of white bread, 1 serving of yogurt, and only 0.1 serving of oatmeal.

Researchers followed half of the participants for at least 13.4 years. During the follow-up, 2,260 people had a stroke.

Wouldn't read to much into this research, firstly the data doesn't tell us how the eggs were prepared, the American nutritionist Bernard Jensen said eating eggs that were raw, boiled or poached but not fried is a healthy option and he lived to over 90yrs - http://www.thefullwiki.org/Bernard_Jensen

Secondly the data again doesn't give the ages when those people had their strokes, nearly three-quarters of all strokes occur in people over the age of 65. The risk of having a stroke more than doubles each decade after the age of 55. Strokes can and do occur at ANY age. Nearly one fourth of strokes occur in people under the age of 65 - http://www.strokecenter.org/patients/about-stroke/stroke-statistics/

Using a statistical model, the researchers calculated that a person who replaced one serving of eggs or white bread with oatmeal would have a 4% lower risk of stroke compared to someone who stayed with eggs or bread for breakfast. Eating oatmeal instead of yogurt didn't appear to impact stroke risk.

A statistical model is a mathematical model that embodies a set of statistical assumptions concerning the generation of sample data - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statistical_model

So what are these assumptions that were used in this statistical model?

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I love oatmeal and buy an American brand -- Bob's Red Mill -- (organic and/or gluten-free varieties) from Amazon Japan. I mix in raisins and maple sugar. This time of year especially a heaping bowl keeps me going all day.

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For me it's instant outmeal every morning, with a bit of fresh banana, cinnamon, vanilla extract and aspartame, cooked in milk. And yes, my cholesterol levels are always in the healthy range.

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Already we are getting a split on the meaning of 'oatmeal'.

See Wiki: "The term oatmeal is also used in the U.S. and parts of Canada to describe a popular oat porridge made from either ground, steel-cut, or rolled oats."

Although I like porridge (oatmeal), I really like oatmeal (raw/uncooked rolled oats) with milk and yoghurt, mixed with granola, banana, etc. for breakfast two or three times a week.

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Never had a stroke in my life thank God,(hope it is not reason to delete post). In the past 5 years I have been eating oatmeal and boiled eggs for breakfast. No more hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages, bacon, chips, sodas, processed foods. Mother is 101 and in good health. We grew up eating fried food using pork lard. But never knew about hot dogs or hamburgers until I was about 18. We also did not eat chips or processed foods. All food was cooked from raw ingredients every day.

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If you have a rice cooker with a porridge setting, you can use it to cook old fashioned steel cut oatmeal. I have one that has a time, so put the oats and water in at night and at breakfast it is ready.

Great with some some fruit on it (blueberries in my case)

Fills you up and good start to the day.

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Oatmeal is the ingredient, porridge is the dish.

I love porridge for breakfast on a cold winter’s day, but there are other ways to use oatmeal in cooking.

It’s low- fat, high-fiber, healthy. No reason not to include it in any healthy diet.

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People who eat oatmeal for breakfast instead of eggs and white toast may be lowering their risk of stroke, a Danish study suggests.

I don´t know why that has to be an alternative. Either oatmael, or eggs+white toast? Why? To me personally, the white bread seems to be the bad ingredient. Anything over-refined and overprocessed can not possibly be good for us.

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@Nippori

Thanks for the hack. I'll try it out. I've always wanted steel cut but don't have the time to cook it in the mornings.

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Oatmeal is the ingredient, porridge is the dish.

In some regions. In others - surely you know this - oatmeal is correct, as it is in the context of this article. And porridge is not by definition made from with oats, it's a general word like soup or stew.

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